Thursday, June 27, 2013

Small Group Bible Study - Living Faith Together

Sabbath School - Small Group Bible Studies
My wife has this Journaling Bible.
Being an artist, she draws during the service.
It gets more beautiful every week!

As a regular participant in a weekly small group Bible study (called "Sabbath School" in the Adventist denomination from whence I come!) and having served as a Sabbath School Director and an Adventist Church Pastor, I am passionate about small group Bible studies. Below you will find a compilation of articles, discussion guides, stories and more.

Since the genesis of the Seventh-day Adventist Church in the mid-1800's, Seventh-day Adventists have been known as "people of the book." Each week we gather on a global scale to have small group Bible studies on a pre-chosen and carefully studied topic. While the presentation style and theological approach will differ based on the culture and context of each small group, the Bible is studied through entirely every five years. 

My Strategy: Teaching Great Sabbath School Lessons

StartWarmers - Start each small group meeting with the heart

Sabbath School Stories

Published as "Building a Fellowship System"
in Sabbath School Toolbox - Q3 & Q4 2014
Steve's First Sabbath - A Parable
The story of a healthy holistic Sabbath School Class who are putting into practice the above mentioned "mission statement."
Published in 2014 in two parts in the print edition of "Sabbath School Toolbox".

Jesus Comes to Sabbath School - A Parable
What if Jesus came to your Sabbath School Class. This parable leads the reader into a time of repentance and confession that will quicken your heart and strengthen your faith. Written as a study help for week 6, Q3 2013.

Sabbath School Manifesto and Training Articles

Sabbath School Manifesto
This is my Vision and Mission Statement of how to have a healthy life-giving church. Just like the early Seventh-day Adventist movement, it all starts with effective holistic Sabbath School classes!

The Secret of our Strength
Using the story of the strongman Samson, the strength of the Seventh-day Adventist Church is explored particularly focusing on well run holistic Sabbath school classes.

Sabbath School reStoried
Storytelling is the purpose of Sabbath School because this is the purpose of community. We were created for a story greater than our moment in time and are only fully alive when we take our place in the story of the ages as both character and narrator. His story is your story is my story is our story is salvation’s story for the world.

The Purpose 
This short piece explores the purpose of Sabbath school, links it with the primary purpose of being a Christian and ends with a personal challenge!

Energise your Sabbath School - A Workshop
This video of a workshop I ran demonstrates how your church can empower Sabbath School to fulfil its purpose: Grow the church!

The Perfect Sabbath School
A short piece I wrote reflecting on the four-fold mission of Sabbath School.

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